Essential moving tips to prepare for a seamless transfer

Lexel Moving will address your every need on your way to an amazing new life. As one of the best moving companies in Boston, we provide our customers with the ultimate experience. Ensuring both interstate transfers and relocations to different states, we are ready to help you take your belongings to a new place. Our team is skilled at organizing smooth transportations, so don’t hesitate to book our services. However, before you make an order, we strongly recommend you to get acquainted with the following tips to properly prepare for the move:

  1. Time

Determine how much time you have before the actual move. Usually, you can get a cheaper rate when you book far in advance and a higher chance of booking the morning slot. Act according to your time frames and do not wait until the last minute. If you have more time, you can spend it searching through the available moving companies and better planning your move. Most likely, this will save you time and money down the road. ​

  1. Research is the key

Since there are so many online resources that may come in handy, make sure to do profound research beforehand. Platforms like BBB or Yelp might be great to look for reviews and check how the moving companies did in the past. Furthermore, you can even request quotes from several moving companies, using websites like moving.com. Another recommendation that may be helpful is to visit movingscam.com to check if the company you’re going to hire is on their “super list.” 

  1. Onsite estimate?

It’s a great idea to have a representative visit your place. From the moving company’s perspective, the onsite estimate gives them the ability to provide you with an accurate quote and evaluate the future move’s complexity. As a rule, many small details are being added to the list of things to be done, and as we all know – the summary of small things sometimes makes a big difference at the end of the day. So, an onsite estimate will ensure that nothing was forgotten, give you comfort and confidence, and keep you safe from getting scammed.

  1. Terms and conditions of the contract

After the research was done, all the reviews read, credentials checked, and estimates compared, it happened – you have chosen a mover. Now it’s time to book and secure the reservation. For instance, you might be moving from Boston to Chicago. Before you make a request, engage in profound reading to investigate all the agreements and orders. Make sure you fully understand all the terms and conditions of your contract. When planning a local move, movers usually take a deposit to secure the reservation.

  1. TO DO’s

Use the calendar to compile a “to-do” list. A calendar is a great organizing tool that helps to visualize the time that’s left before the move. Build a plan of tasks to be performed and stick to that plan. Your daily list should never be more than 5 items long. Otherwise, you’re taking on too much and setting yourself up for failure. Mark at least one of those tasks as things you absolutely must get done that day.

  1. Got junk?

Do not hesitate to sell or give away the items that you no longer need. For instance, movers from Boston to NYC make great use of Craigslist and Freecycle. We suggest you arrange a charity market or go for a junk removal service at least a few weeks before the actual move. 1-800-GOTJUNK might be a good option.

  1. Take photos of your accommodation

Take photos of your cleaned-out old place and your new home before moving in. This is essential if you’re renting and want to get your deposit back. By doing so, you can avoid all the headaches with difficult landlords who charge you cleaning and repair fees when moving out.

  1. Essentials first

Pack the items you will need first after the move. Using a clear plastic bin might be a great idea. Pack things such as personal documents, medications, eyeglasses, keys, scissors, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, power strips, chargers, tools, etc. The clear bin allows you to see inside and separates itself from the rest of the plastic containers and boxes.

  1. Use white packaging paper

When packing breakables, use a lot of white paper and try to avoid using bubble-wrap. A white paper is one of the best shock absorber and padding materials. It fills out space between the items much better than any other material and provides the right level of protection to the stuff you are packing.

  1. Dish barrels help

Use double-walled/double-corrugated cardboard boxes for all the breakables. Never use book boxes for your wine glasses and china! They can crush easier than dish packs. Those are also called “China boxes.”

  1. Clear out your walls

All the artwork, picture frames, and wall decorations should be taken down from the wall prior to the move. You can stack them in corners, where those would be out of the way.

  1. Lamps out of the way

If you’re going to move the lamps, make sure to organize them beforehand. First off, you should unplug them, then roll up the cables, and take the lampshades and light bulbs down. Make sure to pack those aways in separate boxes. 

  1. Labels, please

Make sure all of your boxes are labeled. It will not hurt if you also tag your boxes on the side. This will make it much easier to identify a box that you are loading for in a pile of bins and boxes.

  1. Colors, stickers, staples

Color-code rooms upon delivery. This can save a lot of time by avoiding your movers from making misfiles and misplacing your items. You can easily purchase color stickers in Staples or online in places like Amazon.com.

  1. Walkthroughs

It makes sense to walk through after the house is empty. Make sure that you didn’t miss anything. NYC movers often complain about leaving their belongings behind since they change apartments quite often. It is crucial to check everything before moving your household goods into your new home as it gives your movers a good idea of the layout of your delivery location.

  1. Moving television

It is better to entrust your movers to pack TVs and other electronic supplies. If you have decided to pack those on your own, make sure you have the right box to transfer these appliances safely. TV boxes could be easily purchased online or in stores like The Home Depot or Lowe’s Home Improvement.

  1. Use wardrobe boxes

Packing your hanging clothes would be much easier by using wardrobe boxes. They mainly come with an 18 metal bar that goes across the box and serves as the hanging bar. Packing and unpacking those is much easier than folding and unfolding everything to and from regular large boxes.

  1. Book boxes for books

Be sure to use small boxes for packing your books. It will prevent the box from being overloaded and getting torn apart by the weight of the contents. Plus, it will be much easier for you or your movers to handle those boxes.

  1. Packing up the kitchen

Do not underestimate the amount of work that needs to be done in your kitchen. It will take you hours to pack all the kitchen appliances and cookware. So, it would be a great idea to have a team of professionals on your side. They will assess the number of boxes to be packed and get the job done quickly and effectively. 

  1. Be careful with liquids, please

Sometimes to pack the liquids could be challenging. Some moving companies do not move liquids, especially when it comes to interstate moving. Make sure to check this moment beforehand to avoid wasting your time. In case your movers agree to relocate liquids, it would be very helpful to use plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes. This will prevent any leak inside the truck and water damage to the surrounding goods.

  1. Are you a winey?

Shipping wine is always easier by using special wine containers. These are generally made from styrofoam and can hold up to 20 bottles. Wine containers can be purchased online.

  1. Aquariums

Moving aquariums can be a real headache for both moving companies and you. If you asked movers to relocate your aquarium, make sure they carefully pack or crate it. It should be emptied a few days prayer to the relocation, so the sand and decorative elements have enough time to dry out. If you are moving to another state, it would be much better to donate your fish to your friends or neighbors or even return the creatures to the pet store.

  1. Handling your furniture

Disassemble some of the furniture before the move. If you are relocating with a moving company and trying to keep the cost as low as possible – try to do as much pre-move organizing and preparation as you can. Dismantling of some of your furniture would be a great example. You do not necessarily have to take apart all the beds and complex pieces of furniture, like china cabinets, glass TV stands, grandmother’s commode, and heavy dressers. At the same time, taking apart simple items like coffee tables, end tables, chairs will make it easier for movers to move around the house and definitely will save your time and money.

  1. Glass shelves

Packing away small glass tops and glass shelves will save you a lot of time on the move. Movers are usually pretty thorough with handling such items, and it may take some extra time and extra expenses. Use one or a few dish packs to pack away those breakables and save yourself a few dollars.

  1. Leave glass to the movers

Please, do not try to pack large glass tops and shelves by yourself. If you have no idea what you are doing, it is better to stop! Those items are usually vibration- and bump-sensitive, and it is easy to break them. Professional movers typically use double-walled cardboards to custom-crate marble, granite, and glass tops, and shelves. If you are an amateur in packing, you better leave it to professionals. 

  1. Moving food?

Moving food is always better in transparent plastic bins. Please keep in mind that frozen food is temperature sensitive and should be contained in a secured and temperature-controlled container. The transparent plastic bins will help you see and find the items that need to be moved into your new fridge first.

  1. Moving a refrigerator

Moving a refrigerator is something that requires at least two person forces. There is no point in doing it by yourself as you may damage your walls or hurt somebody. Have professional movers take care of your appliance. Also, keep in mind that you won’t be able to use your fridge for about 2-3 hours after the move.

  1. Moving a washer and dryer

Make sure to double-check with your movers if they do the installation of the appliances. Many companies do not provide such a service. By doing so, you will have enough time to find and schedule a handyman or an appliance guy who will be able to do that for you.

  1. Moving your garden tools

This process is always quite troublesome. You have to consolidate and organize all of your tools as much as you can to help movers do their job right. For instance, you may group three-four shovels and rakes by taping them. 

People make a common mistake by loading up a trash bin or bins with all the garden tools they have. As a result, it will make the whole process come to a standstill. Why? Because the trash bin is heavy, and you won’t be able to stock it easily on the top of something inside the truck. Why don’t movers just leave it on the bottom? Because a trash bin is so odd-shaped that it is almost impossible to stock any items on the top of it. 

One more thing to point out is that you should not waste space inside the trash bucket. Fill it up but make sure you cover the top with a lid and nothing sticks out.

  1. Moving a motorcycle

Not every single moving company provides such a service as relocating a motorcycle. It requires a lift-gate on the truck and metal bars that go across the truck’s box to secure the motorcycle. Make sure to inform your sales representative (moving coordinator) about the bike to avoid any misunderstandings.

  1. No paint… Please

Most of the moving companies do not move paint and related items. You would either have to move that by yourself or arrange for disposal. Remember, paint cannot be disposed of alongside with the regular trash.

  1. Moving a chandelier

Packing and moving of the chandelier. This process is not as easy as it seems to be prima facie. Chandeliers are usually very delicate and fragile. The best way to move those would be to have your movers build a custom crate before moving. A container for chandeliers usually comes with a hug to hang your fragile item. Contact your sales representative to obtain more information on price and availability.

  1. Moving a bean bag

Moving this large, jelly, and odd-shaped item is as funny and hilarious as complicated. Pack it? There is no way to pack it unless you have a 4ft x 4ft x 4ft box lying in your basement. Wrap it? It might be challenging, as well. So, the best way is to have your movers pack this “beast” for you. Usually, shrink nylon serves as a great solution for this task.

  1. Moving a tool chest

When moving a toolbox, clients usually allow leaving the tolls inside. It saves a lot of time and energy as you do not need to organize and pack your instruments. Make sure you inform your moving coordinator that you are planning to move a toolbox cause those items usually require a lift-gate on the truck. You will also most likely be asked to lock the chest and keep the key.

  1. Moving a copy machine

Before you even think about relocating your copy machine, make sure you get in touch with your provider. Sometimes your provider is the one that will move a copy machine for you. Besides, moving this item by yourself may cause termination of your warranty. If you did all of the above indicated and you still consider that having a moving company would be the best solution- make sure you inform your moving specialist with all the information possible.

  1. Moving a large mirror?

Packing and moving large mirrors is not a job for rookies. When moving a mirror by yourself, you can easily damage it. Leave this delicate process to the movers. By padding and carrying the mirror, they will make sure that it’s safe from being dent, chipped, or scratched. Also, keep in mind that using a car for this is a bad idea. Mirrors can be broken even from the slight hits. That’s why it’s much safer to have movers relocate the item on a moving van. By securing the breakable items with moving straps, they will make sure your precious belonging is safe.

  1. Music when moving… What?

Yes, put some music on for the movers. It will keep them upbeat and energized throughout the day. Don’t go crazy with the volume, and don’t put your romantic collection on. Something simple and energetic should do the job. If you’re located in Massachusetts, 94.5 or 106.7 should do the job.

  1. Donuts and coffee!

The treats will undoubtedly give some extra energy to your moving team. Carbohydrates and coffee – you just can’t go wrong. Getting a coffee box and donuts from DD would cost you only $15, but you’re hitting 2 apples with one arrow. First off, you will energize up your team and secondly show your guys that you appreciate what they do.

  1. Tip the mover

What’s the golden rule in the moving industry? Yes, it’s “Tip The Mover!”. It’s wise to do a walkthrough and inform the movers that you want them to do a great job, take good care of your belongings, and that you’ll take care of them in the end. This can sometimes save you a lot of money and nerves. Not only will this small sign of appreciation push them to do an extra step here and there throughout the whole day, but it also gives a lot of extra motivation to your guys.

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